On the Beach at Night Alone


Century Larkspur 3 Fri, Oct 13, 2017 9:00 PM
Rafael 2 Sat, Oct 14, 2017 3:00 PM
Film Info
Category:Mind the Gap
Section:World Cinema
Country:South Korea
Running Time:101 min.
Director:Hong Sangsoo
Producer:Hong Sangsoo
Screenwriter:Hong Sangsoo
Cinematographer:Kim Hyungkoo
Park Hongyeol
Editor:Hahm Sungwon
Cast:Kim Minhee
Seo Younghwa
Jung Jaeyoung
Moon Sungkeun
Kwon Haehyo
Song Seonmi
Print Source:Jeonwonsa Film
Note Writer:David Fear


A South Korean actress (The Handmaiden’s Kim Min-hee) finds herself in Germany, licking her wounds after an affair with a married filmmaker falls apart. She visits friends, has dinner with locals, visits a beach…but her heartbreak persists. Time passes, and the young woman returns to Seoul, where she impulsively makes out with female acquaintances at dinner and lashes out whenever the topic of love is mentioned. Then the object of her disaffection (Mun Seong-kun) shows up—and the woman verges on a nervous breakdown. Anchored by an astounding performance from Kim, who deservedly took home the Best Actress award at the Berlin Film Festival, Hong Sang-soo’s new drama is full of his signature Rohmer-esque conversations and Soju-fueled confrontations. The fact that the movie is also a response to the director’s own scandalous, highly publicized affair with his leading lady only makes this confessional character study that much more compelling.